Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Glanvilles All Over.


The Glanville Fritillary flight season is not all over as the title may suggest but they are all over our coastal cliffs.So it seemed today when I visited one of the Islands' several 'Chines.' This is the natural habitat for our Glanvilles, as these coastal cliffs stretch along the south-west coast of the Isle of Wight. It is here that erosion by the sea and wind  cause the sandstone to slip and create different levels of land as the cliffs slide towards the beach.On this landslip, pools and ponds form which in turn provide a home for dragonflies,such as the Keeled Skimmer.
The Glanville Fritillary will be on the wing throughout June.Some individuals are still emerging and can be seen in the company of many 'worn' adults.
   
Shepherds Chine near to the beach as the
 stream cuts through the sandstone cliffs.



Glanville habitat on the landslip